A $125,000 grant for mammography equipment has been received by the McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation from the Susan G. Komen Foundation Tulsa. Foundation Director Ryan Gathard said the MRHC Women’s Imaging Center will use the grant to improve screening services for breast cancer to benefit patients throughout Southeast Oklahoma. “We are very fortunate to have received this donation and appreciate the Susan G. Komen Foundation Tulsa for recognizing the need to help women in our community,” said MRHC Chief Information Officer Jason Bray. The grant will be matched with funds from MRHC to purchase state-of-the-art mammography equipment, according to hospital Chief Executive Office David Keith. McAlester Regional Health Center now has Southeastern Oklahoma’s only 3D Mammography machine.
The Teresa Lane Compton (TLC) Memorial Wig Closet, located at the McAlester Regional Health Center, is a place to help cancer patients who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. It was started in 2010, by Ashley and Lexie Lerblance, after Ashley was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent cancer treatment.
The room, named for Ashley’s late mother, is a private, tastefully decorated and comfortable space, where patients meet 1-on-1 with a volunteer who has been through cancer treatment or has experience with cancer treatment. The room is stocked with wigs, hats, scarves, turbans, and some bras and prosthesis.
Patients are seen by appointment.
Raised money for the Paper Challenge and donated 257 cases of paper to schools in 5 counties in Southeastern Oklahoma.
McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation donates Philips Heart Start AED (defibrillator) to the Pittsburg County Youth Sports program on Nov. 9, which will help protect more than 500 members of the Pittsburg County program, as well as their families, spectators and others attending Pittsburg County events.
Since 2015 McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation has donated 7 CPR kits to schools in Southeastern Oklahoma. With High School graduation requirements changing it is required for all seniors to complete CPR training course. In rural Oklahoma it is sometimes challenging to get all students certified. Purchasing the CPR Kits for the schools will allow the schools to hold CPR classes and not depend on an outside trainer to come in.
Each year McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation teams up with different entities to help provide free dental services to Southeastern Oklahomans. We have had the privilege of helping over 300 patients with this much needed service.
McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation Board President Kevin Priddle makes a Dianna L. Priddle Scholarship donation to Kiamichi Technology Center nursing students. Also pictured are Foundation Director Ryan Gathard and Tyler Priddle. Congratulations, students!!